We asked our Facebook fans for their funniest yard sale stories, best “finds”, and greatest moments. We received a great response from some obviously seasoned yard “sailers.” Here are some of their best yard sale tales! Don’t miss HGTV’s Endless Yard Sale 2009 this Sunday at 8/7c!
Mary: My best yard sale memory was when June Carter Cash stopped in at my yard sale. She was digging through the stuff and it was pretty embarrassing to have her buying my junk! We had a lovely conversation though – she was a truly beautiful human. It was one of my luckiest days!
Jill: My greatest yard sale moment was when a customer left his sweet little girl at our sale. I guess he was just too excited to get to the next yard sale and left his little one behind. She was the cutest little thing and my husband took her in his arms and held her until her daddy realized he had heft her… about 45 minutes later. The best part was to see my husband’s concern for her and the compassion he showed. I’m so glad that her daddy forgot her at our sale and not somewhere else. We took good care of her.
Sheila: Funniest yard sale moment? This was years ago: I was looking through an estate sale and a woman came up to me and handed me some stuff she wanted and told me to hold it while she finished looking. I was so shocked (or confused?); I stood there until she came back for her stuff!
Carole: Best yard sale moment: this past August watching HGTV film in TN. We kept trying to get on camera but decided we couldn’t hold in our tummies that long!!
Judie: I had bought a rocker at an auction for $30, with the intention of refinishing it. It sat in my basement for a couple years and I realized I was never going to get around to refinishing it, so I decided to sell it. The very same auctioneer came up to me at the yard sale and announced that he would not pay a penny more than $50 for the rocker. I sighed and said, well, ok I’ll take 50. High 5′s all around after he left because, as I figure it, it made $20 sitting in my basement for 2 years.
Michele: My parents held a yard sale and my dad had some copper pipes from his parent’s house that he was going to scrap. Someone came up and asked how much he was selling it for. When my dad said he was going to scrap it the guy said, “I’ll give you $40.” My dad said “How about $30?” We haven’t let him live it down….Good thing he isn’t in sales!
Adell: I bought a Czechoslovakian vase for 10 cents and sold it to a collector for $35.00 also a UND pottery vase for $3.00 and sold to a collector for $135.00.
Debi: How weird is this? My sister sold a unique shirt during high school (1974) in a garage sale at our home in Lafayette, LA. My sister moved to Austin, TX when she finished college. Several years later, she sees a girl at another garage sale in Austin wearing her shirt. She is sure of it. She asks the girl where she got it. The girl says “No where around here.” My sister keeps prodding and learns that this same girl is the one who bought her shirt 30 years earlier.
Janet: I got a Rowe Pottery miniature birdhouse, 25th anniversary piece for 25 cents; it’s obvious the person didn’t know what she had!
Gina: My 7 year old son telling the lady selling at the flea market that he only had $5 to buy the $10 item and when she agreed he gave her a $20 to pay for it
Paul: I scored a Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays baseball card for 50 cents.
Jennifer: I found 4 Heywood Wakefield Dog Bone chairs at a sale for $10 for the set!! They had been painted in green craft paint which came off with nail polish remover leaving the beautiful original finish. I later sold the set for $500! Score!!
Cheryl: Got a brand new, full length, fully lined, faux sheared beaver coat for THREE DOLLARS. It’s gorgeous and cruelty free!
Carol: Our best was moment was when we were having a yard sale ourselves and a woman was excited to see this wooden box we were selling for 5.00. She gave us this long history on how old it was, how it was on old bakers box that was used to deliver warm bread from the bakeries to the grocers..etc. We still had no need for it, I quickly made a “historic story sign” and 20 minutes later we got 50.00 for it !!!!!
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